The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Announcements: March 17, 2024

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


The Fifth Sunday in Lent on March 17,  2024

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Hebrews 5:1-10

Mark 10:32-45

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”


The Request of James and John

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a]



 Prayer List


Jo Ehm (member)

Otto Guiter (grandson of Kathy Parker)

Roger Kessler (cousin of Marge Scott)

Melissa Starmer

Dannie Stephens

Lynn Shawley (mother of Deron Shawley)

Owen Tracy (friend of Deb Melzer)



On-going health concerns, Hospitalized, or


Gene Cook

Janette Lang

Mark Andresen (nephew of Dennis & Jean Foglesong)

Dick Stream (brother of Cindy Isdahl)

Kevin Larsen (brother of Mark Larsen)

John Needles (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Anna Needles (friend of Mitzie Cellan)

Marshall & Beverly Fulks (friends of Cooks)

Alice Melzer (sister-in-law of Deb Melzer)

Tom Thompson (friend of Bullocks)

Martin Herzberg (son of Bruce and Beth Herzberg)



Shut-ins: Clara Buchanan, Virginia Isaacs



 Kyle Marchok (husband of Lola Hembry’s granddaughter)



Missions: Concordia Mission Society

Pastor James and Christel Neuendorf (Puerto Rico)

Pastor Daniel Vogel (Denison Hispanic Ministry)

Pastor James and Angela Sharp and Family (Uruguay)

Pastor Stephen and Maggie Oliver and Family (Taiwan)

Life Care Clinic, (Stuart, Creston & Atlantic)

Trinity Preschool (Creston)



                                      This Week at Trinity 

Sun., Mar. 17 Fifth Sunday in Lent

                Caring For Your Neighbor-Food Bank Ingathering

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service in Creston

                        10:00 am   Trustees Meeting in Creston

                        10:00 am   Fellowship Time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        10:00 am   Missions Craft/Bake Sale in  Mt. Ayr

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr


Mon., Mar. 18   8:30 am   Preschool

                       10: 00 am   Library Comm. Mtg. in FH (CR)

                       12:30 pm   Preschool


Tues., Mar. 19   7:00 am   Early Risers Bible Study

                          Pastor at Circuit Pastors’ Meeting

                          8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool


Wed., Mar. 20   8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          5:00 pm   FLOCK in FH (CR)

                          5:45 pm   Lenten Potluck Supper in FH (CR)

                          6:30 pm   Lenten Service in Creston

                          7:30 pm   Board Meetings in FRH (CR)

                          8:00 pm   Council Meeting in FH (CR)


Thurs., Mar. 21 8:30 am   Preschool

                        12:30 pm   Preschool

                          3:30 pm   Youth Confirmation Class

                          7:00 pm   Youth Confirmation Class


Sun., Mar. 24 Palm Sunday   Holy Communion in both services

                          8:00 am   Bible Class in Creston 

                          9:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Creston

                        10:00 am   Fellowship Time in Creston & Mt. Ayr

                        10:00 am   Sunday School in Creston

                        11:00 am   Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr



Attendance from last Sunday,  March 10, 2024

Creston 76 Communed 58    Mt. Ayr  11 

From Mar. 13 mid-week Lenten service in Mt. Ayr  27


When writing down names on the attendance side of the attendance cards, remember to include any children who are attending church with you. 




Serving at Trinity on Sunday, March 17,  2024

Accompanists (CR) Sharon Eklund (MA)  Greg Storhoff                                     

Ushers in March: (CR) Mike Lang, Josh Riley Eric Eklund


Acolytes:  Lydia Williams and Londynn Means

Elder of the month for March: (CR) Mike Lang    (MA) Doug Gooding


Finance Team in March: Eric & Jeanna Eklund and Jim Nelson

Altar Guild for March:  Mike & Janette Lang



VISITORS:  We are so glad you joined us today.  We do collect offerings during our  worship services.  While we

believe this is a chance for each believer to be a good steward of the gifts they have received from God, you are welcome but not expected to give an offering while you are our guest.  If you would like to learn more about the Lord’s ministry here at Trinity please call Pastor Rutz. 

He would love to get acquainted and visit at a time that is convenient for you. You are also invited to join members in the fellowship hall after the 9:00 service or prior to the 11:00 service for a time of fellowship.


Attendance Cards: Visitors and members are asked to fill out an attendance card and to list names of each family member in attendance.  Turn in your card at the back of the church at the end of the service. 

On Sundays when there is Holy Communion please list the names of those who will be communing on the Holy Communion registration side of the card.

If you have moved or your phone number or email address have changed, please note any changes on the attendance card so that we can update our records in the office.


Weekly bulletins, announcements, and sermons continue to be available on the church website.



Offerings:  We have returned to the traditional passing of the offering plates during the service.



Children’s Bulletins to go along with today’s Sunday of the Church Year are available in a basket by the back pew (CR)


               Lenten Schedule

Mar. 20    5:00 FLOCK in Creston

            5:45 potluck and 6:30 Lenten Service in Creston

            7:30 board mtgs. and 8:00 church council mtg.

Mar. 28    6:30 Maundy Thursday Service/HC in Creston

Mar. 29    6:30 Good Friday Service in Creston

Mar. 30    4:00 pm  Preschool Bd. Mtg. and breakfast set-up

Mar. 31    7:00 a.m. Easter Divine Service/HC in Creston

             Easter Breakfast following service in Creston

             Easter Egg Hunt  following breakfast in Creston

             Easter Breakfast preceding service in Mt. Ayr

          10:00 a.m.  Easter Divine Service/HC in Mt. Ayr

Correction to March Calendar concerning OWLS:  They will meet next Wednesday, March 27 at  12:00 in Creston’s FH.  Bring a sack lunch.

Trustees will meet this morning, rather than Wed. night,  in the fellowship hall following the Divine Service in Creston. 

Spring Craft and Food Event Sponsored by Mission Board  TODAY in Mt. Ayr. We will be having a craft and food event to raise money for Mission projects.  Thank you to all who provided items for the event held in Creston last Sunday.

Library Committee will meet on Monday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Creston’s FH.

Lifelight:  Because of scheduling issues our planned LifeLight course on Revelation will be delayed until this fall.

Thank you for your interest.  Mike & Janette Lang


 Boards and Council will meet Wednesday, Mar. 20 following the Lenten service in Creston.


This year’s Easter Breakfast in Creston will be served by the Trinity Preschool’s Board.  A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Preschool’s general fund. 

Menu will be:  biscuits & gravy, sausages, eggs, fruit, beverages and roll.  


Rolls for Creston’s Easter Breakfast:  We are in need of donations of rolls for the Easter breakfast in Creston.  We’d like a total of 9 dozen.  If you are able to provide some, please sign up on a sheet found on the table in the narthex. 


Wanted:  Filled Easter eggs or pre-wrapped items for an Easter egg hunt for the children in Creston on Easter Sunday.  You may drop items off and place them in a box in the narthex.  Or, if you’d rather make a cash donation, the education bd. members can do your shopping. Cash donations may be given to Becky Hagen or put it in an envelope, label it and place it in her church mailbox.  

Easter Breakfast Set-up and PS Bd. Meeting will begin at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 30 in Creston’s FH.


Building Healthy Families: Spring - a season of renewal and new life - officially arrives on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:06 pm! Though you can’t dig in the garden quite yet, take some time this week to take your family (or just yourself!) to your local greenhouse where you can smell, see, touch, feel and experience the new life all around you. As you do, be mindful of the new life that stirs within you and of Paul’s inspired words written for you in Romans 6: “You were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, you too may live a new life.” (Pssst…. Easter is coming soon!) Lutheran Family Service